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Making News Questions Abound as Chavez Starts New Term in Absentia 7 MIN, 40 SEC

Hugo Chavez was supposed to be sworn in today for a; third term as President of Venezuela, but he’s languishing in a Cuban hospital and hasn’t been see in public for more than a month.

Guests:
Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times (@chriskraul)

Main Topic John Brennan, the CIA and National Security 33 MIN, 48 SEC

John Brennan has been named to succeed David Petraeus as head of the CIA.  Will the agency focus on gathering intelligence—its original mission—or continue launching drones for targeted killings?  Will Brennan’s close relationship to the President enhance the CIA’s role in the conduct of foreign policy?         

Guests:
Tim Weiner, New York Times
Mary Ellen O'Connell, Professor of International Law, Notre Dame Law School
Paul Pillar, Georgetown University (@GeorgetownCSS)
Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Reporter's Notebook Academy Pours Oscar Nominations on Lincoln

“And the winner is…” or will be… one of nine films nominated today for this year’s Academy Award as best picture.  They are: “Lincoln,” “Argo,” “Life of Pi,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Django Unchained,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Amour” “Les Miserable” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”  We’ll get an assessment of what the Academy is up to.

Guests:
Peter Rainer, National Society of Film Critics (@PRainerLA)

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